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Taste test: blue cheese crumbles

Blue cheese crumbles

Blue cheese crumbles

Rarely will our tasters turn down the addition of blue cheese crumbles on their steaks, burgers or salads. They must not be alone, judging from the variety of blue cheeses available at local grocery stores. We found six brands of crumbled blue cheeses and sampled them straight out of the containers. Judges loved the bold flavors and plan to search for even more recipes worthy of the blue cheese crumbles.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Salemville 81Jeremiah's Amish 67Boar's Head 63

Judges described these crumbles as melt-in-your-mouth delicious. "These are nice and tangy," said one panelist. "Happy cows started this cheese." He said these would be his choice of crumbles for stuffing martini olives. Another judge's take on them: "These have a yummy taste like dusk along the coast of France with good wine, good friends and the French countryside."These Amish cheese crumbles were not as moist as some of the other brands, but they had plenty of sharp flavor. "These have very small curds but bold and assertive taste," said one judge. "They are nice and salty." Another said he would definitely melt some of these rich crumbles over a medium-rare filet mignon. "We are almost in Gorgonzola territory with these," said another.Panelists really appreciated the bold flavor of these cheese crumbles. "They have deep ripples of blue with a robust pungency that sets this apart," said one judge. "This cheese is just begging for a crisp iceberg wedge salad with lots of bacon," said another. The salty aftertaste appealed to another judge who described the cheese as smooth and silky with bold curds. "I think it would be great over grilled chicken," he said.

they buy?
All four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$3.48 for a 4-ounce container from Walmart.$8.44 for a 12-ounce container from the Fresh Market.$6.19 for a 6-ounce container from Publix.

Also Sampled: Publix Deli ($2.99 for a 4-ounce container, 55 points); Alouette ($4.29 for a 4-ounce container from Winn-Dixie, 40 points); and Stella ($4.59 for a 9-ounce container from Publix, 57 points).

Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Wayne Conery, manager of the R Bar on Treasure Island; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

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Serving sizeOne ounceOne ounceOne ounce
Fat/Fiber8g / 0g8g / 0g8g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium0g / 260mg0g / 260mg0g / 280mg
Carbs/Protein0g / 7g0g / 7g0g / 6g

Taste test: blue cheese crumbles 06/16/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 7:58pm]
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